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Running Quotes from George Sheehan

Get Motivated with these Quotes

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Updated November 07, 2013

Get inspired with these quotes from the late Dr. George Sheehan, a best-selling author from the 1970s running boom:
  • "It's very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit."
  • "The difference between a jogger and a runner is an entry blank."
  • "There will never be a day when we won't need dedication, discipline, energy, and the feeling that we can change things for the better."
  • "The true runner is a very fortunate person. He has found something in him that is just perfect."

  • "I have met my hero, and he is me."

  • "The most important thing I learned [from running] is that there is only one runner in this race, and that is me."

  • "For every runner who tours the world running marathons, there are thousands who run to hear the leaves and listen to the rain, and look to the day when it is suddenly as easy as a bird in flight."

  • "Have you ever felt worse after a run?"
  • "Why race? The need to be tested, perhaps; the need to take risks; and the chance to be number one."
  • "Of all the races, there is no better stage for heroism than a marathon."
  • "Like most runners, I always want to do better. I am constantly after myself for eating too much and training too little. I know if I weighed a few pounds less and trained a few hours more, my times would improve. But I find the rewards not quite worth the effort...I am forced, therefore to do the best with what I've got. I must get my speed and distance from the most efficient use of my body."
  • "To know you are one with what you are doing, to know that you are a complete athlete, begins with believing you are a runner."
  • "To keep from decaying, to be a winner, the athlete must accept pain--not only accept it, but look for it, live with it, learn not to fear it."
  • "Out on the roads there is fitness and self-discovery and the persons we were destined to be."
  • "Sweat cleanses from the inside. It comes from places a shower will never reach."
  • "Fitness is a stage you pass through on the way to becoming a racer."
  • "Success rests in having the courage and endurance, and above all, the will to become the person you are."
  • "We who run (marathons) are different from those who merely study us. We are out there experiencing what they are trying to put into words. We know what they are merely trying to know. They are seeking belief, while we already believe. Our difficulty is in expressing the whole truth of that experience, that knowledge, that belief."
  • "The music of a marathon is a powerful strain, one of those tunes of glory. It asks us to forsake pleasures, to discipline the body, to find courage, to renew faith and to become one's own person, utterly and completely."

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